The Best Mini Wine Fridge And 33 Other Models As Of October, 2020
Not all kitchens accommodate large wine refrigerators, and many of us just want to store and display a handful of our best wines for special guests or family dinners, right? In that case, a mini wine fridge that typically holds 4 to 8 wine bottles atop a small counter space might be the way to go.
Mostly trading off the niceties of larger models -- like too different cooling zones, luscious wood shelves or security locks, mini wine coolers are small-enough to fit limited kitchen spaces and corners. Here are several of the latest counter-top models, mostly storing bottles in a single temperature zone. Some of these mini wine coolers are even able to dispense per-glass servings while others can be affixed under a cupboard. They are also among the cheapest models we have found.
Almost all mini fridges listed here are freestanding models and have space for less than 9 bottles (typically 4 or 8, but some models hold 6 bottles).
- Built-in Or Freestanding
More mini wine fridges, sorted by the latest model first:
- Air Filter
Monoprice Strata Home 24212 Small Wine Fridge
NutriChef PKTEWC80 Small Wine Cooler
- Built-in Or Freestanding
Dometic MF-6W Mini Wine Fridge
SPT WC-0888H Compact Wine Cooler
Ivation 8-Bottle Small Wine Cooler Fridge
Vinotemp IL-OW002 Mini Wine Cooler Fridge
Koolatron WC06 Mini Wine Refrigerator
Many of the good reviews say that this has a very quiet operation. That is, some say that its noise levels are nothing distracting, while others say that they can't hear the unit at all. Most of its satisfied consumers also seem to agree that the Westinghouse WWT080MB appears well-made and feels high-quality.
In terms of operation, this countertop small wine fridge reportedly reaches the desired temperature quickly. The mechanical dial knob used to control the temperature has also been a good thing for many buyers, as it ensures that the temperature would stay on the desired level even after power-related issues, which may cause the product to reset. Finally, the reviews say that it accommodates the number of bottles that it advertises to do so, but these bottles have to be in the standard size.
This brings us to the customer feedback on the not-so-favorable side of the spectrum. Having wider wine bottles or champagne bottles would automatically compromise the 8-bottle capacity. Some people remedy this by modifying or removing some of the shelves, but this step may represent an unacceptable nuisance for others. Many have also expressed the desire for a built-in temperature display, which is a feature that is notably absent from this wine cooler.
Westinghouse WWT080MB Small Wine Fridge
Commercial Cool CCWT060MB Small Wine Cooler
Haier HVTEC08ABS 8-bottle Small Wine Refrigerator
Koolatron WC04 Compact 4-Bottle Mini Wine Cooler
However, it's reportedly noisier than what's ideal, especially for a device that commonly sits on top of kitchen counters. Another common gripe we have seen among buyer reviews is the lack of a digital display which, along with the dial knob-type control, makes it impossible for a specific temperature to be set. Obviously, this is a potential problem for the extra-particular wine drinker, unless you decide to put a thermometer inside.
In addition, the control knob's placement makes it a bit hard to access and use, as reported by reviewers. Since the knob is apparently placed near the interior light source, looking at the markings on the dial could be straining for the eyes.
These ergonomic issues aside, the Magic Chef MCWC6B small wine fridge has still earned far more positive reviews than negative ones, as it appears to be completely able to perform its job while being space- and cost-efficient. In spite of this, however, it has failed to secure ratings that are impressive enough to help it break into our top 2 mini wine fridges list.
As for performance, many people have reported that this mini wine fridge didn't have any troubles doing what it's supposed to do. In fact, there have been many reports about it withstanding hot ambient temperatures -- meaning, it's able to maintain the set temperature in spite of fluctuations in the environment. Moreover, most of its reviews have also said that it operates quietly -- though we have also come across feedback (small in number compared to the positive ones) that say otherwise.
As for apparent cons, the most common complaint we've seen are those that express disappointment over the size of its middle shelf. According to some buyers, only standard-size bottles fit in the said space -- veer away from it, even by just a little bit, and you'll apparently find the middle shelf to be unaccommodating. Also, it doesn't appear to have a temperature memory feature, and so it resets to the default temperature (somewhere around 60 degrees Fahrenheit) upon turning on after power surges or electricity disturbances.
Because of these, the HVTEC06ABS didn't make it into our top 2 mini wine fridges list, but it is without a doubt still a competitive model.
- Energy Star Compliant